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April Satuccino

1 April 2:30pm-3:30pm

April Satuccino Webinar Pitcher Updates

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Sector Updates

Ian Downey, UK Business Applications Ambassador Platform Network Coordinator at ESA Business Applications

ESA and Corona Virus

Due to the rapidly evolving global corona virus situation, ESA has taken a range of precautionary measures in order to minimise the spread of the virus, while also ensuring business continuity within the organisation.

As of Friday 13 March, ESA employees were asked to telework from home wherever possible and external visitors (including ESA employees from other sites) will not be granted access to ESA’s establishments and facilities until further notice. All meetings, if not postponed, will be organised via videoconference/remote connection and you are advised get in touch with your ESA point(s) of contact for further details. Further information is available at the ESA website


One particular item to note in this regard concerns the proposed European Space Agency “Space2connect” conference.  This is currently scheduled to take place between 29th of June to 3rd July 2020 in the Noordwijk area, the Netherlands, subject to any changes that may be due to the Covid19 situation.“Space2connect”aims to provide an outline across the whole satcom upstream and downstream value chain business, to foster partnerships and inspire new strategies to explore space-based solutions that address the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy. More information available at:

Every effort is being made to provide and maintain ongoing operational service in as normal a way as possible.  This includes access to and advice/guidance from the UK network of Regional Ambassadors.  In fact, now would actually be a great time to get in touch with your regional UK Business Applications Ambassador.

They are all working remotely from fixed locations and not travelling the UK as normal so they can easily be contacted for advice and assistance. It is also a good opportunity if you have been trying to find the time to put down your thoughts and ideas for that new space enabled service or just finish off your draft Activity Pitch Questionnaire (APQ).  For example: Tom Greenwood (London and Southeast England) and Victoria Christmas (Business Developer) convened an online APQ surgery session on 01/04/2020 and the UK Ambassador Platform is looking to host more such sessions and other activities soon. 

ESA UK Business incubation Centre (BIC)

The UK ESA BIC is open for business. It offers:

  • Fully supported office space
  • A cash incentive for design, prototyping, IP protection and market studies of over £40,000;
  • Access to STFC’s test facilities, laboratories/workshops and technical expertise;
  • Hands-on business development support/advice;
  • Access to a range of funding, investment, networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Application deadlines 03/04/20202,03/06/2020, 23/09/2020

ESA SME Startup competition, Deadline 15/04/2020

Open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. 3 winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme. In addition to the mentoring program, the competition winners will also be invited to attend this year 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which is planned to take place in Dubai from the 12–16 October 2020

ESA Space Solutions Business Applications Funding Opportunities

Competitive Tenders (100% funded, c. €200k) 

  • Green buildings services (Open 17/02/20, Closes 13/05/2020), €200k
  • Ports of the future (Open 19/02/2020, Closes 18/05/2020), €200k
  • Decommissioning of energy assets (Open Q2/2020, Closes 30/06/2020), €200k
  • Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) User Studies 

(Open 09/04/2020, Closes 04/06/2020*), €250k

closing date not definitive, to be confirmed

Kick-Start Activities (75% funded, up to €60k from ESA) 

  • Smart supply chain (Opens (15/04/2020, Closes 27/05/2020) 
  • Connected rural communities (Opens 19/03/2020, Closes 18/09/2020)
  • Life of Communities: Education & Health (Opens: 19 March 2020, Closes: 4 May 2020)
  • Business Opportunities: Mobility & Tourism (Opens: 4 May 2020, Closes: 12 June 2020)
  • Safety & Security (Opens: 15 June 2020, Closes: 24 July 2020)
  • Management Of Resources: Utilities & Natural Resources 

(Opens: 24 July 2020, Closes: 18 September 2020)

Direct Negotiation 

  • Permanently open
  • 50% match funding
  • Any topic, any time
  • Consult the UK Regional Ambassador Platform(s)


  • Future Control-command And Signalling in the European Rail System
  • Focuses on activities to improve the business case of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
  • Improving the Performance of the Railway
  • Objective to develop innovative railway applications and services that improve the performance, efficiency, safety and security of the railway infrastructure and assets.
  • Improving the Attractiveness of the Railway
  • Develop innovative and sustainable applications / services that improve the experience for end users

Contact details for all the Business Applications regional ambassadors are on the website as is further information on the Business Applications opportunities mentioned here.

Satellite Applications Catapult Updates

Anastasia Bolton, Business Development Extractive Industries at the Satellite Applications Catapult
Meet the MineSense group which has been set up to provide a platform for stakeholders of the mining and space industries to collaborate and discuss new technologies, opportunities, and solutions to solve challenges of mining industry using space technology.
Click here for more information. Also, please join the MineSense LinkedIn group by clicking here.

Sector Updates and Opportunities

Penelope Utting, Membership and Communications at UKspace
Penelope provided an update on what UKspace is doing to support companies during this tough period.

Ben Whitaker, Innovation Partner at Defence and Security Accelerator
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) funds the development of innovations to support UK defence and security. DASA works with small and medium-sized enterprises, academia and wider industry, helping them to develop innovative ideas into products and services for defence and security customers. Projects are typically 100% funded, in the order of £50k to £350k, and with ownership of the intellectual property remaining with the innovator.

Ben Whitaker, DASA’s Innovation Partner for Central Southern England will be talking about DASA’s latest funding opportunities and how to apply.

Philip Kinsey, Programme Manager at KISPE Space Ltd
KISPE is supporting Virgin Orbit in sourcing potential partners for the manufacture, integration and test of the Virgin Orbit LauncherOne Transportable Ground Operations System (TGOS). This system will be used to fuel the LauncherOne rocket at the UK Spaceport in Newquay, Cornwall. We are seeking suppliers with knowledge of, and experience with, building and testing components and systems that can handle the relevant fuels at the required temperatures and pressures.

If you are interested in finding out more on this opportunity then please contact Phil Kinsey, at KISPE Space, or 07884697240.

Business Pitches

Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director at Oxford Space Systems
Oxford Space Systems has two new faces on its management team, CEO Sean Sutcliffe and Business Development Director Michael Lawrence. The company is focused on delivering four antenna products that are designed to meet the demanding requirements of our customers. For more information see or contact

David White, Founder of
At we’re building a new platform for document review in the space industry, to replace all those email discussions, in-document comments and spreadsheets of RIDs. is a single app containing all the documents related to a project and the associated feedback, eliminating admin, improving communication and providing traceability.

It’s still early days for us but we’re looking to get feedback on a demo we’ve built, hear more about your experiences with document review, and get your thoughts on how it could be improved. If you’re interested, please drop David an email: – we’d love to have a quick chat. Thanks!

More Information

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We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

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